Do you ever feel like everyone in your life is making decisions for you? Does it ever seem like you’re so busy running and just trying to keep up that you never really have time to live? I mean really live the life that you want? I felt that way too, and then one day someone talked to me about having a vision for my life. I didn’t know then what they meant or how it could actually matter. It seemed to me like any vision I had would always be just a dream. After years of feeling like something was missing or always searching for something more, a friend encouraged me to watch this Ted talk and create a dream board. After that project, I was hooked and started thinking more about my vision for my future and my life.
Nelson Mandela said, “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.” Think about how exciting that is! If you’ve ever dreamt about having something more but didn’t know where to start, I’m here to help! You don’t have to sit idly by, you can start creating your life and choose where you’re going and who you want to be.
Think of your life like a road trip. Everyone plans their adventures differently. Some plan for months in advance, knowing exactly where they want to go, how they’re going to get there, and what they will do when they arrive at their destination. Others will plan a destination and set off in that direction, making stops along the way and enjoying the journey. In life, many of us jump in someone else’s car and go along on their carefully thought out journey. We allow them to control where and when we stop and then grumble when we don’t get to where we intended to go. The first question is, do you know where you want to go and who you want to be? Once you know this, everything else will start to come together. If you have a desire to go somewhere and do something, then you also have the power to make it so.
So, how do you start? Think of crafting your vision as planning your life’s journey. When you’re planning this journey, you must not be hasty. This should take some time and reflect your deepest goals, aspirations, and desires. I want you to grab a piece of paper and pencil and answer the following questions.
What do you want?
Seems simple enough, right? Sometimes, this can be the most difficult question to answer. But, why is that? It seems that often times our deepest desires can be the most frightening. We often believe that our goals are too big or too scary. Who are we to think that we could achieve such greatness? What if we fail? Where do we start? There can often be So many questions and doubts circling in our heads! Rarely, does an idea of grandeur happen by chance, rather by design. Remember to ask yourself why you want certain things and focus on what you want and not what others want or expect from you.
We all know how to plan for a road trip. Think about the destination and set details around that. If you want to go to Arizona in July, you wouldn’t pack a snow suit or heavy sweaters, instead you would bring flip-flops and sun screen. Start thinking about what you need for your journey and start acquiring those skills or details. Also, think about what actions you need to take. If you want to sell a product or build a business start learning the lingo or surround yourself with other like-minded people. Join groups both online and in-person and start building a network. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it really does take a village. Even in health and wellness, those who belong to an accountability group will often achieve better results.
Now that you know where you want to go let’s start planning for your journey! After all, you would never jump in a stranger’s car and just drive for hours without a destination in mind. So why are so many people living without a clear vision of what they want from life? It will be hard at first, and might feel strange to actually think about what you want. I was there too and now I know where I’m going and how I’m going to get there and I am excited to see the possibilities unfolding in front of me! I can’t wait to help you get there too!